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1 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 1\40 Lesson 07 Shelf Straightening

2 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 2\40 Please go to Full Screen mode now (Click your right mouse button, select “Full Screen” from the menu)

3 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 3\40 Quick Contents What is shelf reading…………...…….…16 Shelf straightening procedure………….24 Total slides: 40

4 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 4\40 So many research items in our library collections …

5 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 5\40 How can these resources be organized, so they are accessible to people?

6 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 6\40 One way is to keep them in straight, visual order on the shelves

7 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 7\40 An ordered appearance helps to bring people in touch with the information they need

8 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 8\40 Lesson 07 Shelf Straightening A Self-Paced Module in the Instructional Project Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together: Using Computer-Based Instruction for Training Employees at a University Research Library

9 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 9\40 Acknowledgements Special thanks to Will DeMoss, who made many of the images and contributed much of the content for this lesson

10 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 10\40 Contents of this lesson Review of past learning Learning Objectives Fundamentals of Shelf Straightening Recap and a look ahead Your response to the lesson

11 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 11\40 Review of past learning In Lesson 06, you learned the fundamentals about how to do a comprehensive retrieval of all un-shelved stacks items from all floors

12 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 12\40 Where you are in the instructional sequence General Context of Student Assistant Library Work L1 Your Learning Experience as a Student Library Assistant in Circulation Services at Evansdale Library / Assess / Discuss L2 Performance Expectations for Student Assistants / Assess / Discuss L3 Library Resources / Assess / Discuss Maintaining the Integrity of the Physical Collections L4 A Virtual Tour of the Library / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 1 / Assess / Discuss L5 Call Number Classification / Assess / Discuss / LC Easy / Task Perf. 2 / Assess / Discuss L6 Retrieving Stacks Items / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 3 / Assess / Discuss L7 Straightening Shelves of Items / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 4 / Assess / Discuss L8 Shelving Items / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 5 / Assess / Discuss L9 Visually Scanning Items for Call Number Consistency / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 6 / Assess / Discuss L10 Physical Item Searches / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 7 / Assess / Discuss L11 Reconfiguring the Collections / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 8 / Assess / Discuss Public Service and System Functions L12 What’s What behind the Circulation Desk / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 9 / Assess / Discuss L13 Standard Operations at the Circulation Desk / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 10 / Assess / Discuss L14 Introduction to the Endeavor Voyager System / Assess / Discuss L15 Voyager Circulation Module: Interface and Patron Records / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 11 / Assess / Discuss L16 Voyager Circulation Module: Discharging Items / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 12 / Assess / Discuss L17 Voyager Circulation Module: Charging Items / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 13 / Assess / Discuss L18 Voyager Circulation Module: Item Records / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 14 / Assess / Discuss L19 Course Reserves / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 15 / Assess / Discuss L20 Using the Wireless Laptop Computers, CD Players, and Associated Equipment / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 16 / Assess / Discuss L21 Using the Pharos System Print Controller, Printers, Copiers, Digital Sender, and Value-Add Service Machine / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 17 / Assess / Discuss L22 Using the MountainLynx Electronic Catalog / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 18 / Assess / Discuss L23 Supervising the Use of the Electronic Classroom Computers / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 19 / Assess / Discuss L24 How to Help Library Users / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 20 / Assess / Discuss L25 Working with Microform and Government Documents / Assess / Discuss / Task Perf. 21 / Assess / Discuss

13 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 13\40 Learning Objectives for this lesson To provide an introduction to the shelf straightening procedure

14 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 14\40 After experiencing this lesson, you will… Have a basic understanding of the procedure of straightening shelves of items Know why this is an important function

15 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 15\40 Sections of Lesson 07 This lesson has two (2) sections: §7.1 What is shelf straightening and why is it important? §7.2 The shelf straightening procedure O k, let’s begin …

16 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 16\40 § 7.1 What is shelf straightening and why is it important?

17 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 17\40 What is shelf straightening? A library, like any other institution or repository, needs a way to rationally organize its holdings How to deal with thousands, if not millions of physical materials in an ever expanding collection in such a way that any one item can be easily found on a shelf?

18 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 18\40 What is shelf straightening? (2/5) When library users peruse our physical collections, they may leave many shelves of items askew Books may be left piled at the end of a shelf or on the floor Bookends may slide out and books may fall over or drop behind the shelf Shelves in such disarray make it more difficult for a library user to locate a needed item

19 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 19\40 What is shelf straightening? (3/5) When you are shelf straightening, you are placing the items back in physical order and giving the whole area an organized appearance If there are books laying at the end of the shelf or on the ground, collect those books and place them visibly on a table so that they will be picked up during one of our regular stacks retrievals; don’t reshelve If a book has fallen behind the shelf, re-shelf it in its correct call number location

20 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 20\40 What is shelf straightening? (4/5) When you shelf straighten, you literally straighten up each shelf or row of physical items You ensure that the bookend is snug against the end book and positioned to hold the row of books upright If the bookend is too short for the task, get a larger replacement Please note that shelf straightening is not the same as shelf reading (a more stringent and rigorous process of checking every single call-numbered item) Instead, you are simply straightening up a contiguous block (a shelf) of physical items

21 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 21\40 What is shelf straightening? (5/5) When you have placed the books on a shelf in a straight row, “front” the books so that their spines are all in alignment with the front lip of the shelf A section of our collections that has been straightened should have a pleasing appearance, affording visible access to our materials

22 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 22\40 Why straighten shelves? We engage in the labor-intensive work of straightening the shelves of our items in all of our physical collections because this activity supports the first of our two primary objectives of Access Services: To maintain the integrity of and access to the various library collections

23 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 23\40 Why straighten shelves? (2/2) Done as a regular and organized activity, shelf straightening promotes effective access to our physical collections by library users Picture yourself as a library user, trying to find a much needed item in the stacks to help you complete an academic project Wouldn’t you want the stacks to be in presentable order, so that you can easily find a particular call number?

24 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 24\40 § 7.2 The Shelf Straightening Procedure

25 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 25\40 Shelf Straightening Procedure The first step in shelf straightening is the same first step as any other task performed here at the library You sign out on the Daily Tasks Completed sheet, which is on a clipboard on the Music CD cabinets behind the Service Desk

26 Shelf Straightening Procedure (2/14) You write your name, the time you leave, and the task (Shelf Straightening), indicating with an arrow which floor you will be on Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 26\40

27 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 27\40 Shelf Straightening Procedure (3/14) Next, go to the “Stacks Assignment Log,” located near the Daily Tasks Completed clipboard on the Music CD cabinets This blue binder is a log book of various student tasks undertaken in the stacks at the library

28 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 28\40 Shelf Straightening Procedure (4/14) Open the binder to the very last sections in the back to find the shelf straightening assignment sheets There is one section for the ground floor (pink sheets) and one section for the second floor (green sheets) There are columns for the assignment date, name of straightener, and the call number where each person left off

29 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 29\40 Shelf Straightening Procedure (5/14) On the next available line, write the date and your name Go to the last entry and copy down (on a piece of paper) the call number where that person left off In this case it would be LC 1752.S Make sure to always have a piece of paper and writing utensil to write down where you left off

30 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 30\40 Shelf Straightening Procedure (6/14) Go to the physical location in the stacks The call number was LC 1752.S This means you will be downstairs, on the ground floor Find the area to begin straightening by looking at the range cards at the end of each range side Also note the direction of the call number flow in the stacks, so you will know which direction to be moving as you straighten

31 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 31\40 Shelf Straightening Procedure (7/14) In this example, the last shelf straightener has left off with the end of a range side, since the call number also defines the end of that range side You should start your straightening on the very next side, remembering that the call numbers wrap around the shelves Once you find out where the last person left off, you can start the straightening process

32 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 32\40 Shelf Straightening Procedure (8/14) When shelves of books are in disarray, it can be difficult to find the book that you need Imagine looking on this shelf! Therefore, to keep our physical collections easy to read, we straighten all the books on the shelves in order to make finding a certain book a quick and orderly procedure This task is not shelf reading, which you will learn about in Lesson 09; we are not actually checking each call number in this task

33 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 33\40 Shelf Straightening Procedure (9/14) Straightening the shelves may seem like a very labor-intensive task, but when put into a few simple steps, arranging the most disorganized shelf becomes possible When you come upon your first shelf to be straightened … Put all of the books in a loose standing order by pushing the book end toward the beginning of the shelf, sliding the book end from right to left

34 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 34\40 Shelf Straightening Procedure (10/14) The books on that shelf are pushed into a vertical position Once the books are in an upright position, pull all of the books out past the edge of the shelf, so that they are hanging off of the edge

35 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 35\40 Shelf Straightening Procedure (11/14) Then, using your fingertips, push each book to the front edge or ”lip” of the shelf This is called “fronting”

36 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 36\40 Shelf Straightening Procedure (12/14) Now all of the books will be pushed together and flush with the edge of the shelf

37 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 37\40 Shelf Straightening Procedure (13/14) With all the books pushed together and flush against the edge of the shelf, patrons can now see every book title and call number on the spine of each item on every shelf Shelf straightened stacks have a more organized appearance as well as making it easier to find individual items among our collections

38 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 38\40 Shelf Straightening Procedure (14/14) After your assigned time for shelf straightening is up, complete the last steps of the shelf straightening process: Make sure to write down the call number that you ended with Then bring that information back to the Service Desk area and write it beside your name in the Stacks Assignment Log so the next student will know where to start Finally, last but not least, sign back in on the Daily Tasks Completed log sheet

39 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 39\40 Recap and a look ahead You have now been introduced to the basics of shelf straightening In Lesson 08, you will learn the correct procedure for shelving items

40 Revised WE :45 EST Created SA Lesson 07. Shelf Straightening / Bringing Learners and Library Skills Together Copyright © by A. David Roth | Evansdale Library, West Virginia University 40\40 Response to Lesson 07 Thank you for your participation in experiencing lesson 07 Please access the online response form to report on your learning experienceonline response form Then report to a staff member to do Task Performance 4


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